Thank You, Sue.
Looking back, I believe I have suffered with anxiety all my life. Over the last 25 years, as an adult, I have had my share of ups and downs, all which have contributed to my of varying degrees of anxiety.
Late in 2007, I experienced a full-blown anxiety attack. I was sitting watching a movie with my husband and my eight-year-old daughter when it hit me, out of the blue. Panic, vomiting, churning stomach, sweating, and the feeling I was going insane. I was terrified. Although I knew what was happening, I didn't know what had triggered it, and that is what scared me the most. It felt like I had no control over these feelings!
Two days later I saw my doctor. I was prescribed very mild anti-depressant medication, which I have never taken. I got on the computer and searched the web so I could learn about anxiety and what caused it. Words cannot describe my feelings when I found your anxiety website. I spent nights reading the information, this was the beginning of my healing process. I didn't feel alone.
I needed professional guidance. Deep down I knew I couldn't unravel all my negative thought patterns I had taught myself over the years. Medicating myself was definitely out of the question (I knew it was only going to be a short term fix). I needed to address the cause, not the symptoms.
For nearly 12 months I have been meeting with Sue weekly. As part of my healing process, I have opened up and shared very personal information with Sue. It has been very hard for me to bring those feelings and (sometimes very scary) thoughts to the surface and acknowledge, accept, or reject them. Sue's guidance, patience, and understanding has allowed me to grow and move forward at a pace I feel comfortable with.
During our sessions, Sue provided me with tools to begin my healing. Tools to recognize my self worth, tools to acknowledge my contribution to my family as a mother and wife. But most importantly, tools to help give meaning to my life on a daily basis.
I feel a different person today than I was 12 months ago. I am on the road to recovery. My persistent anxiety symptoms have diminished.
This may sound strange from an anxiety sufferer, but my aim is not to eliminate anxiety, my hope is to feel a level of anxiety that is appropriate to the situation. And I expect that will happen as my 'tool box' continues to be filled with the right information and tools to help me build a stronger and more resilient me.
For me personally, having the sessions over the phone, in my own environment is great.
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach, counselor, or therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated September 3, 2018.